Srini mulling stepping down?


Justice Patnaik has almost issued an ultimatum to N Srinivasan, saying the court would pass a direct order if the ‘nauseating’ BCCI Chief does not leave his post. The BCCI is leaning towards convincing Srini to resign as it does not want to infuriate the court further. In 2004, when Pawar and Dalmiya engaged in a battle over the chief post, Madras HS interfered and appointed S Mohan as court overseer of BCCI for a while. BCCI doesn’t want a repeat of the situation now, sources say, particularly ahead of the IPL new season. The fate of Chennai Super Kings team is definitely in a limbo under the circumstances, if not the entire tourney.

Several former BCCI officials have condemned Srinivasan’s presence despite Court’s scathing comments. Former BCCI President Shashank Manohar has said that the organization is bigger than a person and propriety requires that Srinivasan should resign immediately. Present Vice President of BCCI, Ravi Savant has said that if fair probe should happen into the fixing scandal, Srinivasan “should keep himself away.”

“Unless this rot is cleaned up, the very foundation of BCCI might be in for a major shake-up,” said Ajay Shirke, former BCCI treasurer. Ousted IPL Chairman Lalit Modi has compared Srini with ”Raavan” and tweeted that everybody connected with India Cements should be removed from the cricketing world.

“We would like to avoid a situation like in 2004, so it is possible that the president might act accordingly in the best interest of Indian cricket,” an unnamed BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo site, as per Firstpost.

Few other sources have contradicted the observation. They have said that Srini might wait till Thursday, when the Court might look into the matter again, before taking a decision.

Medaram Jathara

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